Nepal, Part I

May 13, 2013

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Crossing over from India to Nepal proved to be the most memorable bus ride, ever. I sometimes still wake up in the middle of the night with a start, reminding myself I'm in my cozy bed and not sardined in that tin can.

I hopped onto what my ticket promised to be a luxury  bus, but what looked like a cramped shanty on wheels. Which, you know, was fine, I was used to it. What I wasn't used to was the sweaty ball smell that seemed to hover in the air and the fact that no one felt like tossing my backpack onto the roof, so I was left with the option of awkwardly cradling it like an eleven year old child on my lap for the next six hours. Actually, scratch that. The next thirteen hours. Our driver somehow managed to double the time what with all his chai and pastry breaks every hour on the hour, which wouldn't have sent my eye twitching into a frenzy if I could actually sleep on the blasted thing. But what with the Indian club music being on blast at 2am and the Ganesh shrine right across from me being adorned with blinking, psychedelic disco lights, I couldn't even try and flutter my eyes closed. Suffice it to say that by hour five I was trying to murder the bus driver with my brain waves. There was a lot of squinting and neck vein bulging going on.

Sadly, it did not work.

But once we finally rolled into Kathmandu and I shoved through those squeaky, rusty doors it was all worth it. Just LOOK at Nepal! I loved India, but my heart was left here. I'm already planning my grand adventure back.


More chapters from my Nepal adventures:


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31 comments :

  1. Sooooo beautiful!]

    Ha, you try to kill people with your brain waves too?

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  2. Beautiful! Sounds like it was worth it, despite the horrendous trip. :-)

    I really want to go there someday with the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation and help out:
    http://empowernepaligirls.org

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  3. Can I just say...wanderlust?! Gorgeous photos...and I can totally see why your heart was left there. Amazing.

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  4. Whoa, sounds like the bus ride from hell! But glad it was totally worth it- I can see why your heart was left in Nepal. Everything is so beautiful! ox

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  5. Wowwwww <3

    http://robynsnestx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. I was planning a trip to Nepal last year but sadly it never worked out.. heard its beautiful and there's so much of natural beauty.. hope you got to go to many places besides Kathmandu..

    www.thetimesofmanyphases.blogspot.com

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  7. Beautiful photos! Nepal must be a really different and special country. I would love to visit it one day!
    But I can imagine how nerving it must be to sit in an overcrowded bus for thirteen hours, sounds like quite an adventure :)

    Have a nice week, Marlen!
    Irene

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  8. Wow, these photos are amazing! I visited India in 2009 and am looking forward to returning someday to see more. :) That was definitely a memorable bus ride you took!

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  9. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous.. I can't even handle it! Ugh.. sweaty ball smell is the WORST, bless you. -♥- Rachel (For the Birds Blog / Vintage Store Credit Giveaway!)

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  10. wow, wow. what a story!
    that bus ride sounds legendary.
    and all those onions surrounding that man! ha.

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  11. amazing photos once again!

    xox Lara www.weheartbeautyblog.com

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  12. Wow, the city looks beautiful! I'm so jealous of all your wordly adventures. Cept that bus ride, that sounds actually awful. I would have cried.

    Rachel

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  13. I would have died on that bus ride. I do not do confined spaces for any period of time well. At least it looks gorgeous when you finally got off the bus.

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  14. can't blame you for leaving a part of yourself in that country.. i mean, look at those structures, colours and vibe!! wow! thanks for sharing these coz even in pictures i can feel how majestic if must have felt to see them and be there!! :D

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  15. Ah, I've been so enjoying all of your India travel posts, but the Nepal ones! I've been wanting to go to Nepal (specifically Kathmandu) since doing two projects on the place in school. Looks amazing in your photos!!!!

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  16. Haha, oh man, that DOES sound like a crazy hectic trip to Nepal... but dang, I'm glad it was worth it. Judging by these photos, it was definitely worth the hassle. Your photos are surreal and stunning, as usual, and I especially love 1) the vertical one with the flags hanging and the bell and 2) that third photo with all the little statues and statuettes! I'd buy those if they were prints for sure.

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  17. Amazing commentary. I honestly felt like I was right beside you on your trip. Murder the driver with your brain waves! Haha, classic.

    <3,
    ~N
    Wardrobe on Wheels

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  18. Some lovely photos, looks amazing!

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  19. Nepal does look super gorgeous! Ahaha your travel stories never fail to crack me up.

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  20. This must have been such an enriching experience,

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  21. I really, really want to go to Nepal once. I feel like it's such a sacred place. I bet the energy was pretty awesome there, was it?

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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  22. Sounds very similar to the bus rides I took over the mountains during my trip to Venezuela years ago - I do recall that smell :-) Such incredibly stunning photos though. I can see how you left a piece of your heart there. It's so beautiful!

    xo Marisa

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  23. haha that bus trip certainly does sound memorably, but definitely not one you'd ever want to relive! nepal looks amazing though, i really, really want to travel to india one day and i'm sure nepal is just as interesting and beautiful.

    little henry lee

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  24. What an amazing place! It's sad the bus ride was terrible, though. I've heard that about India's buses a lot.
    Oh to answer your question from forever ago, my in-laws went to Bangalore, and the Ghat Mountains.
    Also, randomly, have I ever told you that I think you look a lot like Rebecca Hall? Like... a lot.

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  25. I love those photos and their sense of wanderlust and culture :)

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  26. Amazing photos of Napal!!!! What an incredible experience you had! Would you like to follow eachother? I'll start by following you now :)

    xoxo

    glam-mania.blogspot.com

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  27. What a beautiful place! Your photos are so colorful and detail-oriented. Nice work!

    http://sagebrushgazette.blogspot.com/

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  28. I have been saving this post on my reader to take a look at when I had time to really enjoy what I expected would be amazing photographs. So here I am with my morning coffee having just virtually visited Nepal. It was a wonderful trip. Well, all except the bus ride to get there. Thank you.

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  29. Thankyou so much for visiting my blog or else it would have taken me longer to stumble upon your blog! I love your style already and I'm from Nepal haven't visited there for 7 years so thank you so much for these pictures they are beautiful. Hope you have a memorable time there x

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  30. Trawling back over your blog posts (I'm rather new), I am SO JEALOUS you went to India! It's tops on my list of places to go. Alas, so broke. A friend is living in Kerala, in South India at the minute doing PhD field work, so I am penny pinching to hopefully visit sometime in the next 14 months!

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